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Managing Eye Allergies: Tips for Relief and Prevention

Jul 6, 2023 | Eye Health

Managing eye allergies is essential for individuals who experience discomfort and eye irritation due to common allergens.

If you’re experiencing eye allergies, you are not alone!

Up to 25% of the global population suffers from eye allergies.

Eye allergies can be made worse if you wear contacts. Fortunately, there are several ways to find relief and prevent eye allergy symptoms from recurring. In this article, we will explore effective tips to manage eye allergies and promote long-term eye health and comfort.

What causes eye allergies?

By identifying the specific allergens that affect your eyes, you can take appropriate measures to minimise exposure and manage eye allergy symptoms effectively.

Eye allergies can be caused by different allergens present in our environment, here are some common allergens that trigger eye allergies:

  • Pollen: Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds is a prevalent allergen that can lead to eye allergies, particularly during spring
  • Pets: Allergic reactions to pet dander, including cat or dog allergens, can cause eye allergy symptoms in susceptible individuals.
  • Dust mites: Dust mites are microscopic organisms found in household dust. Exposure to dust mites can result in eye allergies, especially in individuals with dust mite sensitivity.

They can trigger an immune response in your eyes, causing your eyes to water and itch in an attempt to remove the irritant. This can be uncomfortable and extremely irritating.

Symptoms of eye allergies

Eye allergies manifest through various symptoms that can affect daily activities. Common symptoms of eye allergies include:

  • Itchiness: The eyes may feel itchy, and individuals may have an urge to rub or scratch them.
  • Redness: Allergic reactions often cause redness in the eyes, giving them a bloodshot appearance.
  • Watering: Excessive tearing or watery eyes are a typical symptom of eye allergies.
  • Swelling: Allergies can lead to swelling of the eyelids or the area around the eyes.

Experiencing these symptoms can be uncomfortable, but there are effective ways to alleviate eye allergy symptoms.

How to relieve eye allergy symptoms

Managing eye allergies involves finding relief from the symptoms and taking preventive measures to minimise future reactions. Here are some strategies to relieve eye allergy symptoms and restore the health of your eyes:

Over-the-counter eye drops

Over-the-counter eye drops are readily available and can provide temporary relief from eye allergy symptoms. These eye drops usually contain antihistamines or decongestants that help alleviate itchiness and irritation. Consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist to choose the most suitable eye drops for your specific symptoms.

Proper eye hygiene and cleanliness

Maintaining good eye hygiene and cleanliness is crucial for managing eye allergies. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Wash your hands regularly to reduce the spread of allergens to your eyes.
  • Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, as this can worsen symptoms and potentially introduce additional allergens.
  • Use a clean, lint-free towel to gently clean your eyelids and remove any allergens or irritants.

Cold compresses for soothing irritated eyes

Applying cold compresses can help soothe irritated eyes and reduce swelling. Use a clean washcloth soaked in cold water or a cold eye mask and apply it to your eyes to reduce swelling and relieve itchiness.

Speak to a professional!

Are you suffering from eye allergies?

Gormley opticians in Strabane and Ballybofey can help establish an accurate diagnosis and provide personalised treatment plans to help relieve your eye allergies, so you can enjoy clear, comfortable vision without the irritation!

Book your eye test today.


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